TDI is excited to share news from Ultratec: one of their most popular products CapTel is now available in Braille! The first ever CapTel service specifically designed for deaf-blind people including Braille CapTel products, along with very-large-format color flat-screen display CapTel products are being currently demonstrated at the International Deaf-Blind Expo in Las Vegas, which runs from 7/30/2014 to 8/3/2014. If you’re in the area and would like to check it out, the International Deaf-Blind Expo is being held at the Riviera Casino & Hotel on 2901 Las Vegas Blvd South.

Rob Engelke from Ultratec had this to say: “It is with great pride and pleasure that I write to you today. My son Christopher (Cre) along with Kevin, myself, and the Ultratec engineers have been working on ways that deaf-blind people can use the captioned telephone service.  It has been a long time coming but I am happy to say that Braille CapTel is finally here.  We still have a bit more work to do, but that will happen quickly now. Please pass the good news around!”

Claude Stout, Executive Director of TDI, added: “This is GREAT news from Rob and others at Ultratec!  Rob continues to make every effort to meet the unique needs of Americans who are deaf-blind or have low vision. I know the deaf-blind community will be thrilled to hear about this wonderful news at the International Deaf-Blind Expo in Las Vegas, NV. Thanks again go out to Ultratec for coming up with something new and modern that would make it easier for the deaf-blind community to live and enjoy much, more productive lives every day.”

The CapTel Braille service will launch later this year. CapTel Braille is currently looking for beta testers and input from the community. If you’re interested in providing input or in becoming a beta tester, please do feel free to contact Ultratec at: [email protected].

Braille Captions of Telephone Conversations CapTel looks and acts just like any other telephone, with one important difference: it provides text captions of everything a caller says. If you cannot hear what the caller says, you can read the captions on the built-in display and on a dynamic braille display. Benefits Braille readers who have difficulty hearing over the phone can read word-for-word captions Captions are provided on a dynamic braille display Users can read captions at their own speed Scroll through captions using the buttons on the braille device Works with headset, neck loop, or T-coil for hands-free use For more information, contact: Toll Free Phone: 1 (800) 482-2424 Email: [email protected]